Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz found Saturday Night Live's portrayal of Sarah Palin "wickedly funny" and thought it had a "profoundly powerful" effect on how people view the then-vice presidential candidate.
"Who can forget Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Al Gore? Who can forget in 2008 Saturday Night Live's wickedly funny characterization of the Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin? It was wickedly funny and also had a profoundly powerful effect on people's perception of Sarah Palin, a friend of mine."
Cruz's remarks on Monday were surrounding the debate over adding a constitutional amendment to the Constitution response to the Supreme Court's most recent two decisions on campaign spending.
Cruz's description of Saturday Night Live's characterization of Palin and the effect it had on the country comes in sharp contrast to her opinion of the performance.
"I think SNL is egotistical if they believe that it was truly an effect on maybe the public debate about who should lead the country in the next four years," she said in new edition of Live From New York.
"I know that they portrayed me as an idiot, and I hated that," Palin says of the show in the book.
Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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